The Children of Sisyphus

The Children of Sisyphus A bleak portrayal of life on the Dungle the rubbish heap where the very poorest squat this beautifully poetic existentialist novel turns an unwavering eye to life in the Jamaican ghetto By interweavi

  • Title: The Children of Sisyphus
  • Author: Orlando Patterson
  • ISBN: 9781845230944
  • Page: 329
  • Format: Paperback
  • A bleak portrayal of life on the Dungle the rubbish heap where the very poorest squat this beautifully poetic, existentialist novel turns an unwavering eye to life in the Jamaican ghetto By interweaving the stories of Dinah, a prostitute who can never quite escape the circumstances of her life, and Brother Solomon, a respected Rastafarian leader who allows his followers tA bleak portrayal of life on the Dungle the rubbish heap where the very poorest squat this beautifully poetic, existentialist novel turns an unwavering eye to life in the Jamaican ghetto By interweaving the stories of Dinah, a prostitute who can never quite escape the circumstances of her life, and Brother Solomon, a respected Rastafarian leader who allows his followers to think that a ship is on its way to take them home to Ethiopia, this brutally poetic story creates intense and tragic characters who struggle to come to grips with the absurdity of life As these downtrodden protagonists shed their illusions and expectations, they realize that there is no escape from meaninglessness, and eventually gain a special kind of dignity and stoic awareness about life and the universe.

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    1. "The Children of Sisyphus" is, in my humble opinion, one of those books that you start using as a standard whenever you're reviewing other books. It's insightful, raw, moving and eye-opener. It is one of those books you don't want it to end, but you want to keep reading and, probably, you're already planning on rereading it even before you finish it."The Children of Sisyphus" is about life in the Dungle, the poorest and lowest part of the Jamaican capital. Brother Solomon and Dinah are its main [...]

    2. This book defined a moment in time. It is unrepentant in being grim from the beginning to the end.

    3. This novel was really well done. I enjoyed reading the stories of these characters. Their stories, dreams and aspirations were understandable. I really feel for many of them. The novel is one of the most realistic novels around. I kept on waiting for things to get better and it just did not happen. I thought at least one person would make it, but they didn't. I think that happens in life. The most fascinating part of this novel is the explanation of life at the end by Brother Solomon. I was comp [...]

    4. In Greek Mythology, Sisyphus was a king of Ephyra, punished by being compelled to roll an immense boulder up a hill, only to watch it roll back down, and to repeat this action foreverThis should say everything about the book I think. No sense in bitching and moaning and looking for upliftment from it for you own life. This book was put out there to show you what life is like for people in the lowest of lows, where there is no direction save for going up, but you find all kinda of things anchorin [...]

    5. Hmmmmm…I’m torn. First published in 1964, this book is written well, very well. The patois is accessible, true and accurate. The narrative however is unquestionably grim, so you’ll have to be in the right frame of mind. Set in the slums of Kingston some time ago, the story circles on three characters who desperately seek a way of escaping their sad and grubby existence. They never make it! The author – Patterson, starts you off on a low and takes you even lower. If you’re into Rastafar [...]

    6. About politics, slum-life, and rastafarianism in Jamaica. All topics I find interesting and applicable to my work (academic and volunteer) but not the most engaging. I'm reading it in spurts, and it's taking me a few months to get through the relatively short book.

    7. Someone needs to republish this book in the USA to make it more easily accessible. It really is a literary classic for people from any country.

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